A village visit and Glimpses of A school: Tulika singh
A few years ago while on a visit to my hometown my cousin suggested we go visit his farm/mango orchard a few kms from the city. The children were reluctant for no reason except that it was just easier to sit home in the AC glued to their gadgets rather than go exploring on a hot summer day. If you know the North Indian summer you might even sympathise with them.
However, as a mom, it’s my task to drag them out of their comfort zones and I never disappoint. We were soon on our way, four adults, a teen and three children.
Once there, they stood around beginning with their whine of ‘What should we do’ when my brother suggested a walk. Evening was setting in as we strolled down the beautiful garden lush with summer blooms.
The farm stood right in the middle of a village – a typical UP village. Walking out into it was like opening the cupboard to Narnia and finding a whole different world. It’s a wonder how we can travel an hour or two and find a place so completely different in every imaginable way.
The air was cleaner, the trees more lush and green. The houses were all single storied and built in a cluster leaving wide open spaces as far as the eye could see.
We passed the dimly lit kachcha houses with children playing outside. Men sat around, done with the tasks for their day, while women smiled at us as they moved in and out of the homes busy at their chores.
Beside a small pond rich with fish, we came upon the village school. It was a rather desolate-looking, unpretentious single-storied L-shaped structure with blackboards on its outside walls. Most classes, it seems, were held, not in the rooms, but under the open sky.
Out of curiosity we went up close to find, through the half erased writing on the board, that the children had been studying computers! Was there ever such a paradox! It was heartening and heart-breaking at the same time.
What a far cry this was from the air conditioned, multi storied school of my children where elevators whizzed up and down, where we spoke of hands-on learning and each child had a computer to himself, in addition to the laptops and tabs he had at home!
Meanwhile, these kids here, didn’t even have a proper roof for their school leave alone a computer. How on earth can we expect them to compete with city kids? It’s a wonder if even one of them can rise above his/her situation simply through talent and capability. And yet some of them did it and did it pretty well.
H and N thought the school was pretty ‘cool’ with a rather romantic idea of studying in open air. They were perhaps too young to appreciate the struggles that came with it. However, when they now complain about the absence of some basic comfort at school, I remind them of that village classroom.
I hope they never ever take their privileges for granted, that they continue to be grateful for them. Over time, perhaps they will learn to be empathetic of people less fortunate than them and more appreciative of their talents.
Tulika a.k.a Obsessivemom fell in love with the written word a long long time ago. That came in pretty handy at her job as a journalist until her twins came along and she exchanged nightshifts at the desk to those of a very different kind. She now enjoys juggling multiple roles as a freelance writer, editor, mom blogger and book blogger. Her current assignments include editing a full-length novel while dealing with twin teenage angst.
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